Liverpool v West Brom Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 23, 2018
Anfield - FA Cup
Liverpool host West Brom in the fourth round of the FA Cup, with the Reds looking to bounce back after their surprise defeat at Swansea. Even though Jurgen Klopp is likely to make some changes, the hosts should have more than enough to get past the struggling Baggies.
West Brom can take heart from their performance at Anfield last month though, after they fought hard to secure a goalless draw in the first Premier League meeting of the season between the two teams. Liverpool won both their games against the Baggies last term, including a 2-1 victory at home.
The Reds could welcome back a raft of players for this game, with Jordan Henderson, Alberto Moreno, Dejan Lovren and Daniel Sturridge all pushing for a return. This could be the perfect game for the likes of Sturridge to get some minutes, with the striker looking to boost his chances of making England’s World Cup squad.
Alan Pardew has no new injury concerns coming into this game, with James Morrison and Nacer Chadli the only players on the treatment table. Both players are expected to be available towards the end of February, which can’t come soon enough for the relegation-threatened Baggies.
Liverpool v West Brom Preview and Predictions
Klopp’s side are sure to be hurting after their defeat against the Premier League’s basement club, and West Brom could feel the backlash of this. Before Monday’s game, the goalless draw against the Baggies in mid-December was the only time Liverpool had failed to score in 20 games.
The Reds will be out to prove a point after a result that dented their Champions League hopes, while the FA Cup could be their best chance of winning their first piece of silverware under Klopp. The Anfield outfit have already scored 85 goals this season, including two against local rivals Everton in the last round. There may be a few changes to the team, but the hosts are strong favourites for the victory, and are available at 3/10.
West Brom meanwhile are unbeaten in their last three, but there’s a good chance that Pardew will accept he has little chance of making it four and ring the changes. He needs to keep his players fit and fresh for the relegation battle ahead, so even at 11/1 the away win doesn’t look very tempting. A draw at 11/2 could be a better bet for the upset, with the teams facing a replay at the Hawthorns to add to a busy schedule.
Liverpool to win to nil at 5/4
This looks like a good way of improving your odds on the home win, with West Brom often struggling for goals this season.
Sturridge to score first at 4/1
If he gets a chance to start, the 28-year-old will be desperate to add to his three goals so far this term.